Best Ever Peanut Butter Meringue Buttercream

Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting

I hate icing. Frosting, if you want to be all technical about it. I scrape it off cupcakes, slip it under the table to dogs (or cats if they’ll eat it, kids if there are any). Occasionally, I can pass it off to one of the many frosting lovers in the vicinity – you know the ones, they’re happier about the icing than the cake.

I know there’s a few of us frosting skeptics out there. Bad frosting, which is often the stuff on most store-bought cupcakes is greasy, overly fatty and much too sweet. The oily taste sticks to your tongue and clings to the roof of your mouth. It ruins perfectly good cake. Am I being overly dramatic? I don’t think so.

Back when I was a teenager and first learnt to bake, buttercream was the go to icing of choice. Whip butter, add copious amounts of icing sugar and try to disguise it all with a drop of some extract. It’s no wonder then that the resulting frosting tastes like buttery sugar (not in a good way)….

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Cafe Français: the White menu

cafe-francaisJust when I had almost given up hope of finding a really inspiring meal, there it was. Cafe Francais, on the corner of Park St, lights on and with the bonus of Hendrick’s signage everywhere. Any establishment that promotes our house gin is one we’re happy to walk into (and stumble out of).

There’s an army of service staff buzzing about the place; it’s apparently ‘White Night’. I’m not exactly sure what that is, but lots of people wearing white keep streaming into the venue….

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Canberra, it’s been amazing. Over and out.


Canberra Balloon Festival 2015 (by my favourite Canberra photographer, Michelle Taylor at Kazuri Photography.

This post is long overdue, so forgive me.

Canberra has been good to us. So good that it’s hard to think about leaving. The city has become trendier – coffee shops for example, once limited to Lonsdale St Roasters, are now found in abundance. Restaurants are popping up faster than our schedules (and our wallets) will allow us to visit them. Events are so on so often now that people stay in town instead of abandoning ship for the weekend – in the last few weeks alone there was the book fair, the multicultural festival, Enlighten and the night noodle markets, just to name a few. And if there’s nothing on, several star wineries are but a thirty minute drive away. Yes, Canberra, despite my initial misgivings, I’ve fallen in love with you….

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